Compost Basics

There’s lots to learn about making and using compost. This section is devoted to basic compost questions. You may be interested in downloading our Composting at Home – It’s Only Natural brochure available in both English and Spanish. We also have the following resources:

How to Compost
The basics of composting, from start to finish

Mulching
All about another great use for yard waste

Supplies
Where to find bins and tools for composting

What is composting & why do it?

Composting, nature’s own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food waste. Compost is the soil amendment product that results from proper composting.

Whether it’s done on site, at the point of waste generation, or in a large scale, centralized facility, composting helps to keep the high volume of organic material out of landfills and turns it into a useful product. On site composting reduces the cost of hauling materials and is generally exempted from solid waste regulations. Large scale facilities can handle more material and potentially produce a more consistent product, but may be faced with regulatory issues.

If you live in El Cerrito, your green waste may be collected curbside and taken to a large scale composting facility at the West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill. The resulting compost is available for purchase. Call East Bay Sanitary Company for more information about curbside green waste collection in El Cerrito. (510) 237-4321

Compost Giveaway

You may be eligible to receive free compost courtesy of Republic Services. Read more here.

Adapted from: California Integrated Waste Management Board Waste Prevention Info Exchange